Gi­ant trevally thrill for har­bour an­glers

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

Hy­de­away Bay/ Dingo Beach

Re­ports are com­ing in of a few mud crabs and some re­ally nice man­grove jacks be­ing caught.

It’s good to see some an­glers get­ting in on some sur­face ac­tion with a lot of the bet­ter fish fall­ing to top wa­ter lures.

While the reef fish­ing clo­sure is on this should con­tinue to be a good ploy.

While the clo­sure is on and as long as the winds al­low, get­ting out onto the deeper rub­ble patches around the ends of Gloucester and Rat­tray is­lands with some jigs and/or fresh cut baits to tar­get a big black jew or two will be an­other op­tion.

The only other real op­tion at the mo­ment is to give the pelag­ics a crack. This could prove to be a chal­lenge though as the wa­ter is filthy from the con­stant run of norther­lies that we’ve been en­dur­ing.

Hope­fully with the on­set of some smaller tides and calmer weather the wa­ter will clean up and we’ll see the pe­lagic fish­ing im­prove. — Mick Un­der­wood, Reel Ad­dic­tion Sport Fish­ing

Char­ters

Is­lands

The is­lands have still been fish­ing well for those an­glers who ven­tured out around the is­lands, with good re­ports of co­ral trout and sweet­lip be­fore the co­ral fin fish clo­sure which ends on Fri­day, so Satur­day it is open for fish­ing again un­til next year’s clo­sures.

Fring­ing reef around the is­lands has been the best place to fish for trout and sweet­lip fish­ing around the 8-15m deep with half pil­lies and squid. Span­ish mack­erel and other mack­erel species have been in close around the is­lands in Shute Har­bour with these cur­rent northerly winds.

Tuna have also been in good num­bers around Long Is­land and South Molle is­lands from re­ports from an­glers who have been catch­ing the tuna flick­ing small me­tal slugs into feed­ing schools of tuna.

Sail­fish are still here in de­cent num­bers with a few fish caught out the oval and out the back of Hay­man Is­land.

Rock walls and wharf

Shute Har­bour wharf has been fir­ing!

Early morn­ing an­glers are hook­ing into some big gi­ant trevally fish­ing with live her­ring off Shute Har­bour wharf with re­ports of fish as big as 30kg get­ting landed.

An­glers have also been re­port­ing catch­ing a few grey and spot­ted mack­erel off the wharf on lures and live baits.

The rock walls around Air­lie Beach have been a bit slow with the northerly winds mak­ing it quite rough.

Port of Air­lie rock wall has been fish­ing well with a bit of pro­tec­tion from the northerly winds, with an­glers re­port­ing some man­grove jack and fin­ger­mark caught fish­ing with live baits.

Just a re­minder as bar­ra­mundi sea­son is closed, if you catch a bar­ra­mundi they do need to be let go.

Rivers and creeks

The Proser­pine River has still been pro­duc­ing some great-size king sal­mon and bar­ra­mundi.

Bar­ra­mundi have to be let go due to closed sea­son.

An­glers are still catch­ing a good feed of sal­mon on soft vibes and live prawns with one an­gler catch­ing a few off the wharf next to the boat ramp.

Mud crabs have been get­ting caught but are few and far between from the re­ports com­ing back from the Proser­pine River.

The smaller coastal creeks around Shute Har­bour have had plenty of man­grove jack on the bite with great re­ports from a few of the an­glers fish­ing small live mul­let close to the snags on the run in tide.

The coastal creeks have also been a bit slow for mud crabs but will get bet­ter when we get some rain the flush the creeks.

— Grant Spees, Whit­sun­day Fish­ing World

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

WHOP­PER: A sail­fish caught and re­leased by Grant Spees.

Kevin Bren­nan pic­tured af­ter catch­ing a mac tuna on a char­ter.

Mar­garet Swanepoel pic­tured with a nice flat­head caught off the reef on a pre­vi­ous char­ter.

Adri­ana Caon pic­tured with a beau­ti­ful co­ral trout caught on a pre­vi­ous fish­ing trip with Reel Ad­dic­tion Sport Fish­ing.

Peter Glee­son with a solid jew­fish landed on char­ter in pre­vi­ous months.

Steve Fal­coner with a cracker of a Span­ish mack­erel landed on light spin gear while on char­ter.

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